The Magic Knot and Other Tangles, by Reg DownReg Down
Tiptoes Lightly lives in an acorn high in the branches of a Great Oak Tree. Her tiny house has no furniture except for two downy feathers Lucy the Goose gave her to sleep on. Her friends, Pine Cone and Pepper Pot decide to make her a table and three chairs for her birthday.They search the forest for 'the perfect branch' and enlist the help of forest folk to make the furniture: Ompliant the Elephant to carry the wood, Carpenter Ants to shape the branch, and Spinalot the Spider to spin the webbing for the chairs. Unfortunately, Pepper Pot sits down on one of the chairs while the spider web is still fresh and becomes hopelessly 'flyed.'
What follows is a comedy of unforeseen hazards as they free Pepper Pot, go down Running River to collect finishing wax from the bees, and haul the table and chairs up the oak tree. Finally, at a surprise birthday party arranged by Jeremy and Jemima Mouse, Tiptoes receives her beautiful presents. At the request of the Mouse children, she tells the tale of how she was born from Mother Wind and Father Sun. The book is rounded out with a short, separate story, 'The Tale of None,' in which little None (a ladybug with no spots, none at all!) goes to India, America and Africa to find spots. These she receives from a spotted cow, a freckled girl and the king of spottiness himself, the leopard.The Magic Knot and Other Tangles is lavishly illustrated by the artist-author. The stories are delightfully humorous and sanguine. They are innocent and magical tales, suitable for reading to young children or for young children to read.